California Assisted Suicide deaths increase by 20%. 405 reported assisted suicide deaths in 2019

1,212  reported assisted suicide deaths since June 2016 By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The 2019 California annual assisted suicide report is similar to other U.S.  jurisdictions where the report implies that the assisted suicide deaths were voluntary and self-.administered. In truth, the information in the California End of Life Option report does not address …

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Living with end-of-life possibilities: why she opposes legalizing euthanasia in New Zealand

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition New Zealand’s parliament passed a euthanasia bill in November 2019 by a vote of 69 to 51. In order to obtain the necessary votes to the government agreed to a referendum on the bill. New Zealand is now debating the legalization of euthanasia as they approach a …

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Assisted suicide website leads to daughter’s suicide death

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On May 22, 2019, Jackie Bieber found her daughter Shawn Shatto on her bedroom floor unresponsive and cold. She attempted CPR but in vain.  Initially she did not think Shawn had died by suicide. What she would soon learn, however, was that her daughter, who had been …

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Euthanasia (MAiD) for People with Psychiatric Disorders is dangerous

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On September 11, 2019, Justice Christine Baudouin of the  Quebec Superior Court  struck down the section of Canada’s euthanasia law limiting euthanasia to people whose natural death is “reasonably foreseeable.” The Truchon decision was not appealed by the federal or provincial governments, creating a new debate concerning …

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Listen to the disability community on assisted suicide

By Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The following letter to the editor was published by the Hampshire Gazette on June 23, 2020. For years, I assumed the progressive position on assisted suicide was clear. But when I became involved in activism regarding disability rights and justice several years after becoming disabled myself, I learned more about the …

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A Case against Assisted Suicide for Mental Illness

By Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A contact sent me this article and wishes to remain anonymous. The Cracks and the Light  “There is a crack in everything; that is how the light gets in…” Leonard Cohen  This is not a story about miraculous healing or cure. This is a story about living with my …

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Questions remain about the role of hospice in euthanasia as referendum approaches in New Zealand

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention  On May 6, I reported that Hospice New Zealand had applied for an urgent court injunction concerning their right to conscientiously object to doing euthanasia.  The New Zealand parliament had passed a euthanasia bill in November 2019 by a vote of 69 to 51. But in order to get the …

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Canadian Hospice is still being pressured to do euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Sign and share the petition: Hospice Organizations Must NOT be Forced to do Euthanasia. In February 2018 the Board of the BC Delta Hospice was given an Edict from Fraser Health to provide euthanasia (Medical Aid in Dying–MAiD). At that time, the Board of the Delta Hospice decided not …

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Uruguay bill would legalize wide open euthanasia and assisted suicide

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A bill to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide is being debated in the Uruguayan Congress. The Uruguay bill lacks definition allowing it to have a wide interpretation. Euthanasia is an intentional act to kill a person, upon request, who is disabled, sick or suffering. In most countries, …

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Canadian Bar Association: Canada’s euthanasia bill C-7 will be challenged in the court because it is not inclusive enough

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A recent report from the End of Life Working Group of the Canadian Bar Association suggests several “problems” with Bill C-7, the bill to expand euthanasia in Canada. Bill C-7 goes much further than the Quebec Superior Court’s Truchon decision but not as far as the Canadian Bar Association …

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Queensland, Australia euthanasia bill is deferred until after the October election

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition ABC News Australia, state political reporter, Josh Bavas, is reporting that the Queensland Australia euthanasia bill will be deferred until after the October 31, 2020 election.  Bavas wrote: …Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told parliament this morning the legislation would instead be referred to the Queensland Law Reform Commission …

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Medscape UK report: More UK doctors oppose than support assisted suicide.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Medscape UK 2020 ethics report found that more UK doctors oppose assisted suicide than support assisted suicide. The Medscape report was based on an online responses from 1,355 UK physicians. The Medscape question asked:  Should physician-assisted suicide or ‘physician-assisted dying’ be made legal for the terminally ill – …

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